Angelina was born in 1933 in the town of Faja de Cima, Ponta Delgada, Azores.
At 38 yrs old, Angelina left her native home and flew across the Atlantic ocean with her 3 children to join her husband Jose, who had moved a year earlier to set up a new life in Canada for his young family.
Over the years, our parents worked with such dedication building an amazing, loving home and a strong foundation of love. They had a wonderful marriage, she was a devoted wife but her greatest accomplishment by far, was being a mom, a grandmother and a great grandmother.
Her smile was always guaranteed to brighten your day. She was so loving, kind, nurturing, giving, trustworthy, stubborn and very funny, at times with a dirty sense of humor. She always made sure everyone was happy, comfortable and well fed. She loved keeping her home in order and loved to cook big meals and share with her family. She knitted many blankets, making sure her kids, grandkids and great grandkids had a memento from her made with 100% love.
Her family meant the world to her and each one was as precious as the next one. Both our parents were also passionate about feeding the birds and squirrels that came into the backyard no matter what the weather was like. Our home was also open to the many pets including cats that would find their way into the yard in need of love and compassion and nursed back to health.
When Jose passed away in 1994, she was heartbroken and a little lost but she was resilient and with the love and support of her family she learned how to bank, pay bills and become a little more independent. Soon after she adopted a bundle of joy, a small poodle named Lucy. She doted on her night and day, bringing her everywhere she went for an incredible 16 years.
She eventually sold the family home and invested in building a new home with her son Victor. She experienced what it was like to have a home built from scratch and she was so proud and lived there for 14 years.
Angelina was diagnosed with Dementia after her 80 birthday and five years later she went into Long Term Care at Mount Hope. It was an adjustment for her but being the strong and determined woman she was, she eventually got accustomed to her new living arrangements. With the help of her walker she raced down the halls almost knocking people over and much preferred sitting by the nurses station instead of being in her room as she didn't like to be alone.
She enjoyed playing some games like Bingo and music therapy sessions, attending church services and her monthly high tea get-togethers with other Portuguese residents at Mount Hope.
With the love and support of her family she was able to live her best life while in Long Term Care.
She has now been reunited with the love of her life, Jose, her dog Lucy, her mom and dad, who she missed terribly and her other two siblings, Everest (deceased in 2018) and Maria (deceased 2021)
Leaving behind her greatest accomplishments to carry on, are her youngest daughter, Elizabeth Cabral, her loving son Victor Cabral and her oldest daughter, Conceicao Amaral (Carlos). Her grandchildren, Goretti Fordyce (Chris), Dina Collard (Steve), Sandy Amaral, Michael Cabral, Jerry Cabral and great grandkids, Julia and Addison Collard, Alexander and Breanna Fordyce. She was beyond thrilled to have been so lucky to not only be a mom, a grandmother but a great grandmother. She also leaves behind her dear sister Conceicao Vieira Rego and her brother Ernesto Vieira and many nieces and nephews.
The family would love to thank the attentive and caring staff on the 3rd floor of Marian Villa at Mount Hope for always giving our mom comfort when she was confused and extra snacks, which she was always so happy to receive.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Alzheimer's Society of London and Middlesex at www.alzheimer.ca
Visitors will be received on Monday, January 31 from 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. and 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St., London.
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A Private Funeral Service will be celebrated in the O'Neil Funeral Home, followed by a private interment in St. Peter's Cemetery, London.
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